It seems every few days lately I get an offer to put my aircraft on someone’s Part 135 certificate and start generating revenues 1-2-3. Never mind that I don’t own an aircraft and never have; these e-mails seem to be targeting anyone and everyone on an aviation mailing list. One solicitation called it a Part 135 “business in a box,” another claimed it was an “easy” way to enjoy the tax benefits of Part 135.
U.S. military response during the September 11 attacks
In the wake of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February, how are safety programs and pilot hiring, training and testing practices being improved?
The FAA yesterday announced that air traffic controller operational error reporting is moving away from a punitive system to “one in which understanding why operational errors occur and how to prevent them takes precedent.” Most notably, operational error reports will not include the name of the controller involved in the incident, a move meant to encourage the reporting of problems.
In recent months, Congressional leaders have held pre-election hearings on a number of aviation issues. So far, these gatherings have made a lot of headlines but produced little in the way of tangible results.
Although the FAA has finally commissioned its first standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), the agency has drastically reduced the number of systems it plans to install at the nation’s airports. And that has caused some people to question the FAA’s commitment to ATC modernization.
Communication is key to any organization, and aviation departments are no exception. Without communication, nothing would get done–no aircraft maintenance scheduling, no budgeting, no flight scheduling, no crew scheduling, the list goes on. Yet little thought is usually given to planning and implementing information and communications systems in the flight department.
Even though the FAA’s new standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) has begun a nationwide “road show” in a 28-ft-long van, the Transportation Department’s inspector general has warned Congress that deploying Stars within the current estimated cost and schedule “remains at risk.”
In a report prepared for several members of Congress, the General Accounting Office (GAO) said the FAA’s standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars) “bears little resemblance to the program envisioned in 1996.”
The FAA and the Transportation Department’s inspector general are at loggerheads over whether the new Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (Stars) is ready to handle live traffic.
Once the ATC system began to recover from the 1981 Professional Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) strike and the demand for services once more began to rise, the FAA seized an opportunity to partner with the private sector for those badly needed services and created the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program in an attempt to save bundles of cash and manpower.